European Commission (Brussels)

Gianni De Stefano

European Commission (Brussels)
Policy Officer

Gianni de Stefano is currently a Policy Officer at the European Commission. Prior he was the global Director Competition Law at AkzoNobel after being for over a decade an antitrust lawyer in International leading law firms. Previously, he worked as a counsel in the Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation practice at Hogan Lovells in Brussels, and advised companies on every major area of antitrust and competition law, including cartel investigations, complex multi-jurisdictional mergers and joint ventures, abuse of dominance and restrictive practices cases. In recent years Gianni managed global teams for second phase merger cases (e.g. the General Electric/Alstom case, which dealt with an unprecedented array of substantive, procedural, jurisdictional and political challenges in over 25 jurisdictions) as well as some of the most complex global cartel investigations (e.g. air cargo, automotive, smart card semiconductors and professional videotapes cases) at all levels (from the dawn raids to the decision on whether to apply for leniency, settle or respond to the allegations of the authorities, to subsequent litigation before the European Court of Justice). Gianni is a non-governmental advisor to the European Commission and the Italian competition authority within the International Competition Network, is an editor of the ’Journal of European Competition Law & Practice’ (at Oxford University Press), and a founder of ’antitrustitalia’, an association of professionals active in the antitrust area based in Brussels (which includes European Commission officials, in-house counsel, economists and private practitioners). Gianni holds degrees from the University of Bologna (law school), La Sorbonne in Paris (exchange program), College of Europe in Belgium (master of European Legal Studies) and New York (LL.M.), and is a qualified lawyer in Italy, Belgium and New York.


Auteurs associés

DG CNECT (Brussels)
European Commission (Brussels)
DG COMP (Brussels)
European Commission - DG HR (Brussels)
DG COMP (Brussels)


1421 Bulletin

Christopher Thomas, Dina Jubrail, Gianni De Stefano The EU Court of Justice issues a preliminary ruling on the liability for anti-competitive behaviour by employees and outside contractors (VM Remonts)


Liability for anti-competitive behaviour by your employees and outside contractors : when you are off the hook and when you are not* In its recent VM Remonts judgment, the Court of Justice of the EU has confirmed the strict liability of companies for the anti-competitive behaviour of their (...)

Christian Ritz, Gianni De Stefano The German Regional Court of Berlin refers the extradition of an Italian citizen from Germany to the United States for cartel charges to the EU Court of Justice to rule on whether Member State extradition can violate the principle of non-discrimination under EU law (Romano Pisciotti)


On 18 March 2016, the Regional Court of Berlin (RC Berlin) in Romano Pisciotti v. Federal Republic of Germany referred four questions to the European Court of Justice to seek guidance on whether Mr Pisciotti could argue that he had suffered discrimination and claim compensation from the German (...)

Gianni De Stefano The Council of Ministers of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa adopts an amendment to the COMESA competition rules on the determination of merger notification thresholds


Updated Merger Filing Rules in COMESA* The Council of Ministers of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (“COMESA”) has adopted an amendment to the COMESA Competition Rules on the Determination of Merger Notification Thresholds. Companies now have greater clarity as to when they will (...)

2959 Revue

Gianni De Stefano, Giovanni Labate, James Harvey, Jeremy Bernard, Laurent Eymard, Marie Blanchard, Nathalie Jalabert-Doury, Salomé Cisnal De Ugarte, William Koeberlé Arrêt Coty : Distribution sélective sur internet et interdiction de vente


Dans son arrêt Coty Germany c. Parfumerie Akzente du 6 décembre 2017, la Cour de justice est revenue sur les conditions d’application de l’article 101 TFUE aux accords de distribution sélective qualitative et elle est intervenue pour la première fois sur la légalité des clauses d’interdiction de (...)

Christopher Thomas, Daniel E. Shulak, Gal Rozent, Gianni De Stefano, Katherine L. Kay, Kathryn Hellings, Raz Agranat, Yoshitoshi Imoto Extradition and antitrust law : Businessmen involved in global cartels extradited to foreign countries


Au fur et à mesure que les juridictions criminalisent les cartels qui violent le droit de la concurrence et augmentent leur coopération avec les autres pays, la menace de l’extradition dans les affaires mondiales de cartel devient de plus en plus une réalité. Les extraditions réussies, directement (...)


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